How to Search Through Pluto TV

Television is moving to the internet at an unbelievable speed. People can usually find whatever they want to watch online easier than they would on linear broadcast TV.

How to Search Through Pluto TV

This fast move is why streaming TV services have grown in popularity over the last several years. People watch whatever they want for less than they pay for cable television. To view content on services like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, and HBO Now, you need to pay a monthly subscription.

On the other hand, there are also completely free online TV services. Pluto TV is among the more popular ones. The platform offers an On-Demand service with a plethora of movies, shows, and even live TV. For a free service, it has a lot of great content and it’s 100% legal. However, finding your shows or movies on Pluto TV is an entirely different matter. Pluto mimics old fashioned TV in that there isn’t a genuine search option.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at this service and explain the alternative ways you can “kind of” search Pluto since it doesn’t offer “actual” search functionality.

The platform is available on a wide array of supported devices that we’ll list below. But, to make it easier for you to find something to watch, we’ll first jump into how Pluto TV works with finding content.

Option 1: Visit the Channel List

One of the best methods to search Pluto TV is to understand which number is associated with your favorite channel. Check out the Pluto TV Channel List to locate the content you’re interested in.

Option 2: Browse by On-Demand Category

Pluto may not feature a functional search option, but it does have unique categories to help you narrow down the selection. In fact, they have an immense amount of categories, not just Action, Comedy, and Sitcoms for instance. You’ll find Discovery, Animal Planet, TLC, ’90s Throwback, ’80s Rewind, Rugged Reality, Lively Place, Military Movies, Cars, Classic Rock, Christmas Movies, and numerous other drilled-down categories within the “On Demand” section.

Option 3: Browse by Live Category/Genre

On the left-hand side of the web browser within the Live section, you’ll see your genres and categories. You can use this area to find Comedy, Sitcoms, New Movies, etc.

Click on the genres to narrow down your search or scroll through the TV Guide just like Basic Cable to see what’s playing.

Keep in mind, all of Pluto TV’s content is organized by genre. It isn’t alphabetical and can’t be tweaked or searched any other way. As stated previously, Pluto TV is an excellent source of free media so even without a genuine search option, it’s definitely worth the extra effort.

Option 4: Use the Watch List Feature

To help search for something to watch in the future, you can use the “Watch List” feature. You may need to register for an account, which only requires an email address and a password. The account is 100% Free. As briefly mentioned before, the account feature doesn’t have many benefits, but you can use it to customize/create a personal watchlist.

Browse through both live and on-demand sections. Whenever you find a movie or TV series you like, click on it to open a window with information about the title. There should be a “+” icon at the bottom. We found this feature only works on the Android Pluto app, but it may also work on iOS. The “Watch List” appears as the first sliding row in the “On Demand” section.


When using a browser on a Windows PC, the “Watch List” is not included, but Pluto features a “Continue Watching” section.

Option 5: Use Google

As mentioned by JB in the comments, you can easily find what you want to watch, channel or otherwise, by Googling the title and clicking on All watch options located on the right-side of the screen. Google Search Options

Simply click on the Watch option and you’ll be taken to the website, Pluto TV in this case. Google Search Options 2

FAQs

What is Pluto TV and how is it different than cable TV or Netflix?

Pluto TV is a free online TV service. It manages to stay free due to the ads it shows, which might annoy some users, but these ads are still much shorter and appear less frequently than they do on broadcast TV.

The main difference between Pluto and the likes of Netflix and Hulu is that it is not focused on watching specific shows, but rather on channel surfing.

The service is different than cable television because it is 100% free, but it doesn’t offer as many channels and it has no actual search option—only categories to browse.

Can I get local news with Pluto TV?

No, local tv stations seem to be an issue for a lot of cord-cutting services. Pluto TV is no exception.

Do I have to create an account?

No, Pluto TV offers the content without asking for any personal information or payment info. Simply download the app or go to the website and start watching. Pluto did have an account registration with basic info like your email and name, but the small number of features it carried (rather pointless) were removed. You can still register your email, but there is no benefit as of current. However, Pluto is planning on future changes, which could allow personalization like favorites, etc. Only time will tell.

Is there a Pluto channel list somewhere?

Yes, Pluto TV updates their channel list on a regular basis. You can view the current Pluto channel list (https://plutotvreview.com/pluto-tv-channels-list-complete/) anytime.

Why should I use Pluto TV?

All in all, Pluto TV is great for cord-cutters who miss the ritual of watching linear cable TV. Pluto TV will grant you the same experience while allowing you to save money along the way. It actually offers a lot of great content from popular channels.

Do you love old TV? Then yes, Pluto TV is definitely worth it, but it offers a lot of new content too. If you’d like more information on the value of Pluto TV, check out our Pluto TV review (https://www.techjunkie.com/pluto-tv-review-is-it-worth-it/).

Do you have any other helpful ways to search for shows/channels on Pluto TV? Please feel free to share them in the comment section below.

9 thoughts on “How to Search Through Pluto TV”

Avatar JB says:
A quick tip since I didn’t see this one yet. An easy way to find a specific title on Pluto TV:

– Google the title you want to watch.
– Below the description of the show or movie, click on “Watch.”
– If it’s available on Pluto Tv, then it will show up on the drop-down list.
– To the right, click on “Watch Now” and you should be taken to the app or website and it should start playing automatically.

I’m not sure if it’s the same across all devices (which I’m assuming it is because it’s Google…), but I use this method on my Apple devices and 3 laptops (Lenovo, Toshiba, and Chromebook).
I also do this when I don’t want to do a lot of scrolling on streaming apps or taking a long time searching more than one streaming app. It’s not perfect, but if the app is listed on the drop-down list, then it’s likely available. I’ve only come across a handful of titles that showed being available and then finding out it’s not. However, I found out each one had just been taken off within a couple of days before I made the search.

Avatar Richard Denney says:
how to go to a different station other than just up or down arrow?
Steve Larner Steve Larner says:
Pluto TV does not have advanced functions just yet. Up and down are the only options to find channels right now, unless you remember the category that a particular station resides in.
Avatar Davd says:
How, or is it possible, to keep video fro popping up when browsing for something to watch. Annoying!
Steve Larner Steve Larner says:
Haven’t seen any Pluto options for that.
Avatar Russ says:
Pluto just advertised channel 441. I can’t find it.
Steve Larner Steve Larner says:
Perhaps try clearing the browser cache and open Pluto TV again.
Avatar Kelle says:
I just downloaded Pluto TV (yes, I admit, for Bob Barker and The Price Is Right primarily) and I like it. The only problem is I’m watching on my Android phone and I can’t find a Stop or End button to press when I’m done watching–a little thing they don’t mention in the app, either. How do I turn it off when I’m done? I can’t afford to waste data like that.
Steve Larner Steve Larner says:
If you’re in a browser on Android, close the tab—not the browser. If you’re in the app, you can close it using your Android version’s method of closing running apps. Older versions had a navigation button next to the home button that brought up all open apps. You could close them all or close individually using the “X” at the top of each active tab. Some newer versions, like Motorola phones, use a swipe up technique to display all open apps. The bottom line is that you have to close the app, not hide it since it runs in the background.
Avatar Kathy Robinson says:
On the Program listings it is for Eastern Standard Time. Is there a way to change it to Pacific?
Steve Larner Steve Larner says:
I’m not sure. I always thought it adjusted to the IP’s geographical location but could never confirm it.
Avatar dan gleason says:
Want fox news channel
Avatar Wm says:
CLICK ON PLUTO TV, COMES UP BUT NOTHING APPEARS?????????
Steve Larner Steve Larner says:
Perhaps it is a device issue? If watching Plut TV in Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Safari, or any other browser, try clearing the cache and reopening the browser. perhaps that process can also work for Android and iOS apps too.

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